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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Dec 24, 2011 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: While the Dead was mumbling and wheezing through 1986...

Not rattled, just sticking up for a much-maligned era in general. Merry Christmas!

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Poster: jackaroe_RI Date: Dec 28, 2011 12:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: While the Dead was mumbling and wheezing through 1986...

Talking Heads - True Stories
Depeche Mode - Black celebration
The Wedding Present - Peel Sessions
Wham! - Music from the edge of Heaven - their last album
Prince - Parade
Pogues - Pougetry in Motion EP w/ Fairy Tale of New York
Rum Sodomy & the lash was only 4 months old in Jan 86
Huey Lewis & The News - Fore!
Eric Clapton - Gold
Stevie ray Vaughn - Live Alive
REM - Life's Rich Pageant
Frank Zappa - Does Humor Belong in Music AND Jazz From Hell
Madonna - True Blue
Lemonheads - their first EP
Dead Kennedys - Bedtime for Democracy - their last
Huskur Du - Candy Apple Gray

It was there but I guess it depends largely upon your age as to whether any of the other music out there was to your taste. I was 15 was pretty eclectic where music was concerned

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 28, 2011 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: While the Dead was mumbling and wheezing through 1986...

Huey Lewis!?! I rest my case. Someone cue that clip from "American Psycho."

You mention Prince, but his music had clearly declined in quality since the brilliance of Purple Rain in '84. "Kiss" is a nice song, but it ain't in the same league as "When Doves Cry." Prince and the Revolution broke up in '86. So did The Clash.

I can keep going... Van Halen released 5150 in '86, their first album without DLR, and a poor follow-up to another brilliant '84 album, MCMLXXXIV. They were never the same.

The Dead Kennedys broke up. Black Flag broke up. Dollywood opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Cleveland was chosen to host the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tommy Lee married Heather Locklear! Need I go on?

On the bright side, NWA and Cypress Hill formed in '86, so I guess there were some bright spots.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 28, 2011 6:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: While the Dead was mumbling and wheezing through 1986...

Life's Rich Pageant?
The Blind Leading the Naked?

I listened to those new release a hell of lot more in 1986 than I did to junky Jerry (and saw REM and the Femmes probably about the same number of times as GD during that year)

I get your point - just don't want folks to think nothing was coming out that year worthy of a second take - like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPts1cPQRh8

AND Root Boy was still performing live. If you never saw Root, I feel bad for ya....

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